Soldiers Photograph Palestinian Homes, Structures And Lands, Near Salfit

Israeli soldiers invaded, Saturday, the northern and eastern areas of Bruqin town, west of Salfit in central West Bank, before launching a drone to photograph several Palestinian homes, structures, and lands, in addition to their surrounding areas.

Marwan Abdul-Rahman, the mayor of Bruqin, said several army jeeps invaded the northern and eastern areas of the town, after isolating them, and used drones to photograph many homes, structures, and surrounding lands.

Marwan added that there are many homes, sheds, and barns in the two areas, and stated that the soldiers also invaded an under-construction home, owned by Issa Abu Tabeekh, before confiscating construction materials.

The army said the constructions are in Area C of the occupied West Bank, and that the Palestinians are not allowed to build there, although they own the lands and received permits from the local Town Council.

He also said that the soldiers informed a resident, identified as Farouq Barakat, that they will be returning to the town to demolish his home and the home of his son.

In addition, resident Eyad Barakat said the soldiers photographed his barns and added that, in the year 2012, he received a demolition order, before filing an appeal with Israeli courts, and is still awaiting a ruling until this day.

In the year 2018, the soldiers invaded the same area, and uprooted dozens of olive trees, after claiming the lands are “state-owned,” therefore, the Palestinians cannot plant them or work on them, although they are all privately owned by the residents.

On Sunday at dawn, the soldiers abducted three young Palestinian men from their homes in Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has confirmed.

In related news, the soldiers abducted three young men from their homes in Harmala village, east of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

In addition, the soldiers invaded the Hindaza area, east of Bethlehem, before storming and searching the home of a political prisoner, identified as Hasan Wardian.

It is worth mentioning that, on Saturday at night, the soldiers abducted Hasan Yasser Darwish, 20, Ahmad Issam Darwish, and his brother Majed, from their homes in the al-‘Isawiya town, northeast of occupied Jerusalem, after the army surrounded the village and invaded it.

(Source / 11.04.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Two Palestinians In Hebron, One In Ramallah

Updated: The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, earlier Sunday, three Palestinians during invasions and searches of homes in Hebron and Ramallah governorates, in the southern and central parts of the occupied West Bank.

The PPS said several army jeeps invaded Doura town, southwest of Hebron, before the soldiers searched and ransacked many homes, including the home of a political prisoner, identified as Ismael Hussein al-Awawda, and abducted his son, Aseed.

The PPS added that the soldiers also invaded Sa’ir town, northeast of Hebron, and abducted Isamel Fawzi at-Tarwa, 30, after invading and violently searching his home and the homes of his brothers, Zeid and Fuad.

The soldiers also invaded the Sheikh neighborhood in the center of Hebron city, before storming and ransacking the homes of Mojahed Haitham Qawasmi, Issa Qawasmi, and Ali Qawasmi.

During the invasions, the soldiers inspected the ID cards of many Palestinians while interrogating them.

In Ramallah, in central West Bank, the soldiers invaded the al-Jalazoun refugee camp, north of the city, searched a few homes, and abducted Yousef Oleyyan.

On Sunday at dawn, the soldiers abducted three young Palestinian men from their homes in Qabatia town, south of the northern West Bank city of Jenin.

The soldiers also abducted three young men from their homes in Harmala village, east of Bethlehem, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Earlier on Sunday morning, Israeli military vehicles, including armored bulldozers, invaded Palestinian lands, east of the Central District of the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Saturday, the soldiers invaded the northern and eastern areas of Bruqin town, west of Salfit in central West Bank, before launching a drone to photograph several Palestinian homes, structures, and lands, in addition to their surrounding areas.

(Source / 11.04.2021)

Three Detainees Continue Hunger Strike In Israeli Prisons

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported, Sunday, that three political prisoners, held by Israel, are ongoing with their hunger strike, two of them protesting their Administrative Detention, without charges or trial.

In a press release, the PPS said two detainees, identified as Emad Sawarka, 37, from Jericho, started the hunger strike 25 days ago, while Saed Abu Obeid, 41, from Jenin, began the strike seven days ago, protesting being held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders without charges or trial.

It added that another detainee, identified as Ayyad al-Hreimi, from Bethlehem, started the hunger strike six days ago, protesting his abduction and imprisonment.

The PPS also said that Sawarka is held in solitary confinement in Asqalan prison after he was recently transferred from the Negev detention camp.

It stated that Saed Abu Obeid is held in the Negev detention camp, while al-Hreimi is in solitary confinement in Ofer Israeli prison.

It is worth mentioning that Emad Sawarka was abducted in July 2020, and was slapped with three consecutive Administrative Detention orders, each for four months.

The detainee, a married father of five children, is also a former political prisoner who spent 10 years in prison.

Meanwhile, detainee Abu Obeid was abducted in November of 2020, and was sentenced to four and a half months in prison; however, after he served his prison sentence, he was slapped with an Administrative Detention order.

He is also a former political prisoner who spent 12 years in various prisons and detention camps.

In addition, detainee Ayyad al-Hreimi was abducted on April 6th, 2021, less than two months after he was released from prison.

Al-Hreimi is also a former political prisoner who was held by Israel for five years and held a 45-day hunger strike in the year 2016.

(Source / 11.04.2021)

If Israel has committed no war crimes, then why does it refuse the ICC probe?

Israeli occupation state has committed so many crimes against the Palestinian people, but it does not want any internal or external body to look into and expose these crimes

By Prof Kamel Hawwash

On 5 February, Palestinians saw a long tunnel open and a light flicker in the distance for justice. The International Criminal Court (ICC) Pre-Trial Chamber I “decided, by majority, that the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in Palestine, a State party to the ICC Rome Statute, extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967.”

The ICC now has jurisdiction to investigate crimes the Palestinians say were perpetrated by Israel in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza. Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had previously called for investigations, saying there was “a reasonable basis to believe” war crimes had happened.

Reactions in both Palestine and Israel were as predicted. The Palestinians welcomed the decision. Palestinian Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Shalaldeh welcomed the ICC decision and considered it “historic”.

“The International Criminal Court decision is historic and means immediate commencement in investigating the grave violations on the Palestinian occupied territory,” Al-Shalaldeh said. He added that three files are prioritised for the court, the Israeli war on Gaza in 2014, the Israeli settlements, and the Palestinian detainees in Israeli jails.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the decision in a written statement. “Today, the International Criminal Court has proven once more that it is a political body and not a judicial institution,” Netanyahu said. “In this ruling, the tribunal violated the right of democracies to defend themselves against terrorism, and played into the hands of those who undermine efforts to expand the circle of peace,” he added.

Anyone expecting a change of American position from the new Biden Administration was quickly disappointed. In a call with Netanyahu, American Vice President Kamala Harris told him that the US opposes ICC investigation into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the White House said.

This followed an announcement by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in which he said that Washington “firmly opposes and is deeply disappointed” by the ICC decision. He emphasised that “Israel is not a party to the ICC and has not consented to the Court’s jurisdiction, and we have serious concerns about the ICC’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel,” Blinken said in a statement.

Israel would have been a little confused but certainly disappointed that the same administration recently lifted the sanctions on ICC personnel imposed by Biden’s predecessor, Trump in December 2020. Blinken’s team said: “These decisions reflect our assessment that the measures adopted were inappropriate and ineffective.” The administration continues “to disagree strongly with the ICC’s actions relating to the Afghanistan and Palestinian situations” and to object to ICC “efforts to assert jurisdiction over personnel of non-States Parties such as the United States and Israel.”

The US made this decision despite the investigations that may target US military personnel for crimes committed in Afghanistan. One might have expected Israel to follow suit and accept that the ICC is an independent court and that the chief prosecutor has painstakingly consulted before it was ruled that the court had jurisdiction over the Occupied Palestinian Territory and that it would investigate crimes committed by any party, including Palestinian parties going back to 2014. However, those familiar with Israel’s attitude to necessary external scrutiny won’t have been surprised with its formal rejection of the ICC decision to investigate its leaders’ crimes.

Israel is clearly worried about the ICC decision. Following a meeting of its top brass it decided to send a letter to the court to convey its refusal to cooperate. At the meeting were the prime minister, foreign minister, defence minister, strategic affairs minister, education minister, water minister, attorney-general, National Security Council head, and army Chief Military Advocate, among others.

Israel will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s investigation for alleged war crimes and will argue that the court has no jurisdiction to open the probe, consistent with Israel’s longstanding position. At the meeting, Netanyahu argued that “While IDF soldiers fight with supreme morality against terrorists that commit war crimes daily, the court in The Hague decided to denounce Israel”. “There is no other word for this than hypocrisy. A body established to fight for human rights turned into a hostile body that defends those who trample human rights.”

In the letter to be sent to the ICC, Israel will argue that it has its own ‘independent judiciary’ capable of trying soldiers who commit war crimes.

Palestinians would beg to differ as investigations by Israel of its own crimes have yielded no justice. Take the example of the investigation of the 2018 killing of 21-year-old Palestinian paramedic Razan Al-Najjar near the fence in Gaza. An Israeli investigation stated that “during an initial examination of the incident that took place on June 1st, 2018, in which a 22-year-old Palestinian woman was killed, it was found that a small number of bullets were fired during the incident, and that no shots were deliberately or directly aimed towards her”.

Commenting on the investigation Al-Haq Human Rights organisation stated: “The hastily concluded preliminary examination highlights Israel’s inability to conduct an independent, effective and impartial investigation into alleged war crimes.” It further stated: “The Israeli military effectively operates with impunity. Between 2005 and 2009, out of 800 submitted complaints of war crimes, only 49 investigations led to indictments.”

Israel therefore cannot be trusted to conduct its own investigations impartially and that is the reason why external investigation is needed. Furthermore, it has a history of denying impartial international investigating teams’ access to investigate potential war crimes going back decades.

In 2002, the Amnesty International team to investigate potential crimes committed by Israeli troops in the Jenin refugee camp were denied access to the camp. Professor Derrick Pounder, who was part of the three-person team sent to investigate human rights abuses, said: “The refusal to allow us to conduct or even to assist in enabling others to conduct such investigations is very serious and gives rise to questions about the authorities’ motives.”

In 2009 the team led by Judge Goldstone to investigate possible crimes committed during the 2008/9 war on Gaza was denied visas by Israel and had to enter Gaza through Egypt. His report eventually found Israel and Palestinian armed groups were guilty of war crimes. The report also referenced that Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and B’Tselem had been denied entry to carry out their investigations in Gaza.

In 2014, Israel again denied entry to teams that were tasked with investigating potential human rights abuses. The UNHRC investigating team found that both Israel and Palestinian armed groups had committed war crimes.

Israel has also denied entry to UN Rapporteurs Richard Falk and Michael Link, UN special rapporteur on the Palestinian territories.

Does Israel have anything to hide? Yes, of course it does. Its human rights abuses fill page upon page of any notebook. Whether it is about its war crimes during repeated wars against the helpless, entrapped Palestinian population in Gaza or its illegal settlement enterprise, or moving its population into illegally occupied areas, moving Palestinian prisoners into its own territory from occupied territory. What about house demolitions, family evictions?

With that torrid track record, justice requires that Israeli violations are examined, and it faces accountability for them. Its leaders should answer for their alleged war crimes in person and must have their day in court at The Hague. Otherwise, its leaders will continue to commit crimes, safe in the knowledge that they will not have to answer for them. The wheels of justice need to move more quickly, and then Israeli war criminals won’t be able to sleep soundly every night thinking they can just get up in the morning and commit more crimes with impunity.

(Source / 11.04.2021)

Ramadan, de maand van de koran

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Alle lof zij aan Allah. Hij die ons heeft geëerd met het beste boek; de Koran. 

Ramadan is de maand van de Koran. In deze gezegende maand is het neerzenden van de edele Koran, met de tussenkomst van de engel Jibriel, op onze nobele profeet Mohammed vrede zij met hem begonnen. Allah zegt:
“De maand Ramadan is (de maand) waarin de Koran is neergezonden als leiding voor de mensheid …” [2:185] 

Het veel aandacht besteden aan de Koran in deze gezegende maand was de gewoonte van onze profeet, zijn metgezellen en de moslims na hen. Ieder jaar, gedurende de Ramadan, nam Jibriel de Koran door met de profeet vrede zij met hem. En in het jaar waarin de profeet vrede zij met hem overleed, deed hij dat zelfs twee keer.

Sommige van onze vrome voorgangers lazen dagelijks de Koran uit in de Ramadan! Een van hen zei zelfs:

Als de Ramadan aanbreekt dan is het slechts het reciteren van de koran en het voeden van voedsel.

Het lezen van de Koran staat dus centraal in deze maand. Je kan het als de rode draad zien in de maand Ramadan. Het antwoord op de steeds terugkerende vraag: Hoe kan ik de Ramadan goed benutten is simpel: de Koran!

Ieder moment dat je ter beschikking hebt, probeer je aan de Koran te besteden. Wat zou het mooi zijn als we onszelf zouden kunnen dwingen om iedere keer wanneer we naar de smartphone neigen om in plaats daarvan onze moshaf open te slaan.

Ben je niet in staat om de Koran te lezen dan is dat natuurlijk een groot gemis. Om toch tijd door te brengen met de koran zou je naar een koran recitatie kunnen luisteren en meelezen met de Nederlandse vertaling.

Beste broeders en zusters

Span je vanaf het begin van de maand Ramadan in met het reciteren van de Koran en houd je hieraan vast. Een effectief hulpmiddel hierbij is het vormen van een groepje met wat vrienden om dagelijks het minimale aantal pagina’s te halen om de koran één keer uit te lezen (twintig pagina’s). Maak hier een WhatsApp groep voor aan en iedere keer wanneer je de dagelijkse doelstelling hebt bereikt, steek je een duimpje op om de rest te motiveren. Heel simpel en het werkt echt. Laten we onze vriendschappen gebruiken voor dit soort doeleinden!

PS: Ergens in dit artikel is één van de zeven zaken verklapt 👍

O Allah stel ons in staat om het beste uit deze gezegende maand te halen en laat het vasten voor ons getuigen op de dag dat wij U ontmoeten en niet tegen ons. Ameen.

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(Source / 11.04.2021)

45 settlers storm the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Today, Sunday, 45 settlers stormed the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, under the protection of the Israeli police.

The Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem reported that the occupation forces closed the Mughrabi Gate, and allowed settlers to carry out provocative tours and perform Talmudic prayers in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Read More: 53 settlers storm the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque

The blessed Al- Aqsa Mosque is exposed to daily desecration by Israeli settlers and police forces in the morning and the afternoon except on Fridays and Saturdays.

(Source / 11.04.2021)

Israel to impose blockade on West Bank and to close crossings with Gaza

Days of Palestine – West Bank – The Israeli occupation authorities decided to impose a comprehensive siege on the West Bank and to close crossings with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and Wednesday due to the so-called “Independence Day.”

The closure will begin, according to the occupation army, from Tuesday at seven in the evening, until midnight between Thursday and Friday.

Read More: Israeli authorities impose a comprehensive closure on West Bank and Gaza tomorrow

(Source / 11.04.2021)

Israeli forces detain nine Palestinians from West Bank

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Israeli forces Sunday carried out large-scale detention raids across the West Bank, detaining nine Palestinians, according to local and security sources.

In Hebron, the occupation forces arrested the citizens, Asaid Ismail Hussein Al-Awawdeh, from Dura, and Ismail Fawzi Al-Tarwa (30 years), from the town of Sa’ir.

Read More: Israeli forces injure nine Palestinians in Jerusalem

In Jenin, the occupation forces arrested three young men from the town of Qabatiya, Mahmoud Ahmed Khalil Abu al-Rub, Muhammad Tayseer Dhiab, and Muhammad Kamil, in their twenties, after they raided their homes, searched them, and tampered with their contents.

In Bethlehem, the occupation forces arrested three young men from the village of Harmleh, Fadi Adel Atallah (22 years), Ibrahim Wajih Sabah (23 years), and Hamza Awad Atallah (24 years).

Read More: Israeli forces detain 20 Palestinians from West Bank

In Ramallah, the occupation forces arrested Yusef Alyan, from Jalazoun camp.

This comes within the daily arrests campaigns practiced by the occupation forces against Palestinians in the West Bank, as well as campaigns of house searches and destruction of properties.

(Source / 11.04.2021)

Three Palestinian prisoners continue their open hunger strike

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Three Palestinian prisoners: Imad Sawarka, Saed Abu Obaid, and Eyad Al-Harimi, continue their open hunger strike in Israeli prisons.

The Palestinian Prisoner Club stated in a press release today, Sunday, that the prisoner Sawarka (37 years) from Jericho has been on a hunger strike for 25 days, and the prisoner Abu Obaid (41 years) from Jenin for seven days now, refusing their administrative detention, in addition to the prisoner Eyad Al-Harimi ( 28 years old), from Bethlehem, who has been on a hunger strike for 6 days, refusing his arbitrary detention.

Read More: Palestinian prisoner in Israel suspend hunger strike

The Prisoner Club added that the prisoner Swarka is in the cells of “Ashkelon” prison, recently transferred from the “Negev” prison, where the prisoner Abu Obeid is, while the prisoner Al-Harimi is jailed in the cells of “Ofer” prison.

It is noteworthy that the prisoner Swarka was arrested in July 2020, before the occupation intelligence issued three four-month administrative detention orders on him. Sawarka is a former prisoner who spent a total of ten years in the occupation prisons, and he is married and a father of five children.

Read More: Palestinian prisoner continues his hunger strike for 35 days

The prisoner Abu Obeid was arrested in November 2020 and was sentenced to four and a half months. After the end of his sentence, he was transferred to administrative detention, and he went on a hunger strike, knowing that he was a former prisoner who spent nearly twelve years in the occupation prisons. 

The prisoner, Eyad Al-Harimi, from Bethlehem, was re-arrested by the occupation on April 6, less than two months after his release, Al-Harimi is also a former prisoner who spent years in the occupation prisons, and in 2016 he went on a hunger strike that lasted for 45 days.

According to Palestinian estimates, there are 4,400 Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons, including 39 women and 155 children, and around 350 being held under Israel’s administrative detention policy, which allows holding Palestinians without charge or trial.

(Source / 11.04.2021)

Dozens of people suffocated in Beit Ummar, north of Hebron

Days of Palestine – Hebron – Dozens of civilians were suffocated with tear gas at night, as the Israeli occupation forces stormed the town of Beit Ummar, north of Hebron.

The media activist in Beit Ummar Muhammad Awad said that the occupation forces stormed the Abu Touq area, near the entrance to Beit Ummar, and fired toxic tear gas canisters towards citizens’ homes, causing dozens of suffocated injuries.

Read More: The occupation arrests four Palestinians north of Ramallah

It is noteworthy that the occupation forces deliberately stormed several areas in Beit Ummar, and provoked the citizens during the cultivation of their lands to restrict them and displace them.

(Source / 11.04.2021)